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Forum topic by knotscott posted 08-03-2012 11:28 AM 1486 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2012 11:28 AM

My PC isn’t exactly state of the art, but it’s “optimized” nicely, and generally makes short work of internet tasks. Lately I’ve noticed this site being slower to respond than usual on several occasions. This morning it’s extremely sloooooow. Anyone else experiencing this or know why? Other sites seem to be fine, so it’s not my service provider.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....


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#1 posted 08-03-2012 11:36 AM

Interestly, as I live and breath, the speed of the site has picked up to normal again within a few minutes of my post. The question remains, what’s caused it to be slow on several occasions recently though?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 12:01 PM

I noticed it too. I have no clue, brother.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 12:03 PM

It’s not your PC. I noticed at certain times (6am to 8am EST) the site is always very slow. Maintenance maybe?

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 12:35 PM

It has to do with some of the recent threads. You know how in the summer, when it is very hot, you just don’t feel like moving very fast? Well, the same thing happens with electrons. All the hot air building up on the site is causing a serious case of Electron Lethargy.

If you don’t believe me, google it. If you still don’t believe me, google harder!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 12:55 PM

I just googled electron lethargy. Didn’t come up with anything on lethargic electrons. but did get several hits on energetic electrons.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 01:06 PM

Bruce,

Someone must be censoring your google results. Yeah, that’s it.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#7 posted 08-03-2012 01:09 PM

It’s true, Supercomputers are usually bathed in liquid nitrogen. Cooling allows faster electron transfer. People used to think that being close to the equator slowed down computers then they found out that it’s not the equator, it’s the heat. Siberia and Alaska enjoy some of the fastest internet speeds in the world, next to the government arctic outposts that is. Here in Maine we’re a temperate climate so most of the year we’re pretty fast.

In fact if you want to wait forever for an isp to load try hell.com. So hot there electrons almost stop. Nasty place though. Never been there but hope to visit someday.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 08-03-2012 01:10 PM

Well I can sure relate to the lethargy caused by this darn heat!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 08-03-2012 01:18 PM

Could it be that a large number of jocks are drinking their morning coffee and checking this site to see what Bertha and Stumpy are up to and just simply overload the LJ server? Just a question.
Have a good’un
Joe

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#10 posted 08-03-2012 01:29 PM

Nope.. it’s the heat I’m telling you.. the heat. If it’s hot at your house and your car has been in the sun, go outside and look at the hood of a car from the edge. You’ll see the air above the hood is wavy. Cars are made of metal. Metal contains electrons, that’s why electricity flows through it. Heat the metal and the electrons slow down and lose cohesion with the metal and fly off into the air. Fewer electrons, less electricity transfer. That wavy air is actually the static effect of electrons on hot air that you can see as it changes the density of the air as the electrons pass through it and dissipate above the hood.
That’s why hot weather slows the internet.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 08-03-2012 01:50 PM

Daniel,

Thank you for putting a solid scientific foundation under my random thoughts!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#12 posted 08-03-2012 01:57 PM

Craftsman on the lake, I can’t tell of your are serious, or just joking. In any case, that is false. While in theory that does make sense, data moves at the speed of light. Literally. Most connections traverse some sort of optical connection (fiber). Even if you do slow that a bit, you would not see a performance degradation. Out of all the answers, rejo55’s is the most logical, and not indicative of a layer 3 (network) issue but rather a layer 6 or 7 (presentation/application) issue.

It feels to me anyway like a backup is running or something resource intensive server side is going on. The TCP handshake happens quickly, the data is slow to load.

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#13 posted 08-03-2012 02:00 PM

But I do see the shimmering above my car hood. How could he have predicted that?!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#14 posted 08-03-2012 02:04 PM

knotscott,

Without having adminsistrative access to the server, and quite possibly the routers, firewalls, and other misc connectivity devices making the web server(s) that lumberjocks runs on, I merely have to guess…

If the slowness that you perceive takes place at the same time every day, or every how ever often, you can rest assured that it is a scheduled job of some sort. File system, database maintenance maybe. Backup jobs running on the network segment the host is on saturating bandwidth etc…

Of course if it’s early enough, maybe you just didn’t get enough coffee in ya…

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#15 posted 08-03-2012 02:07 PM

I actually have access to some absurdly powerful website performance monitors. Maybe I’ll set up a few test scripts and see where the issue is. I do have to train some new engineers on how to configure performance monitors ….

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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